There is light at the end of tunnel, President Muhammadu Buhari said yesterday as he called for calm amid hardship.
He urged Nigerians to exercise more patience with his administration over the naira crisis.
The President also restated his backing for All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
A statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said President Buhari spoke through a prerecorded video from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he is attending the African Union (AU) Summit.
He described Tinubu as a reliable choice to take the nation forward.
President urged “our traditional rulers, religious leaders and parents, to warn their followers and wards alike, to not allow themselves to be used by a few to foment trouble”.
He added: “I want to assure you that the government has taken adequate security measures to allow everyone to come out and cast their votes.
“I am, therefore, appealing to everyone to give them the necessary support.
“Fellow Nigerians, I want to use this opportunity to once again thank you for electing me to be your President on two occasions.
“I am not a contestant in this election, but my party, the APC, has a candidate in the person of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
“As I mentioned before, Tinubu is a true believer in Nigeria, who loves the people and the development of our country.
“I am calling on all of you to vote for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. He is reliable and I trust he will build on our achievements.
“Finally, I want to once again assure you that I am fully aware of the current hardship you are facing as a result of some policies of the government which are meant to bring overall improvement to the country.
“I am appealing to you to exercise further patience as we take appropriate measures to ease these hardships.
“God willing, there will be light at the end of the tunnel.”
The President emphasised that the APC presidential flagbearer has demonstrated his commitment to the country’s development the people’s well-being.